Originally from Moscow and raised in southern California, I received my Bachelor's degree in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with undergraduate research in computational mineral physics with Prof. Edwin Schauble and thermoluminescence dating with Prof. Edward Rhodes.
I completed my PhD in geophysics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in May 2017. Through X-ray diffraction and synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy with Prof. Jennifer Jackson, I examined the physical and elastic properties of lower mantle ferropericlase, silicate glasses and ferrosilite as a function of pressure; concurrently, I implemented density functional theory with Prof. Paul Asimow to examine the stability of high-pressure iron-bearing carbonates, providing insight into the Earth's deep carbon cycle. While working on my PhD at Caltech, I also taught Earth Materials at Occidental College and co-mentored undergraduate students in the fields of mineralogy and mineral physics.
Today, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon in France, working with Prof. Razvan Caracas on the chemistry and thermodynamics of volatile-bearing Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) melt using ab initio molecular dynamics to improve our understanding of the Moon-forming impact.